Dangerous Love by Ray Norman

Ray Norman spent most of his life in far-flung corners of the globe, working on a long-term development projects and living out his calling as a Christian professional. By the time he arrived in the Islamic Republic of Mauritania around the turn of the millennium, he was a veteran of life as an expat, at home in countries and cultures not his own. But in 2001, the world was about to change-and so was Ray’s life.

In the aftermath of 9/11-a time when tensions between Muslim and Western culture were peaking-Ray and his daughter, Hannah, made the short drive from their home to the Mauritanian beach. But instead of spending the afternoon enjoying the waves and the water, father and daughter found themselves hurtling back to the city, each with a bullet-hole pumping blood into the floorboards of their jeep.

This personal account and testimony of Ray Norman was very poignant and moving. Normally, I do not read a lot of non-fiction books because it takes me a long time to read them. It did take me a minute to read this one but  I was glad that I did. Mr. Norman is a Christian and he lives to serve God. I admired his ability to lead his family and seeking God on a daily basis. In the book, he is currently on a mission trip in Nouakchott, the Capitol of the Islamic Republic of Mauritania. He works for World Vision. During his time there, he and his daughter are shot by one of the local natives of Mauritania. Instantly, his world is changed and his trust and faith in God is tested. Most of all, he must forgive the person that has done what seems like an unforgivable act. I think the story was told very well. I also like how the author helped me to visual what Mauritania must look like in addition to the culture and people there. I also liked how the author explained how the shooting affected his family & not just himself. I definitely would recommend this book. A very different read.

This book was provided to me by BookLook Bloggers in exchange for a review.

Review of Reconstructing Jada Channing by Savannah J. Frierson

jadaAn Ames woman in love is a precarious place to be; however, Jada Channing falls in love with Aaron McKensie, a wealthy and gorgeous man she met at a recreation center where she volunteered during college. One night of passionate lovemaking results in a pregnancy, and her life takes a dramatic turn. She and Aaron plan to get married and raise their baby together, but his father interrupts their plan to be a family. Three years later, Jada and Aaron see each other again at a party in Atlanta and the sparks fly, but Jada has a secret. They have a son. A son that Aaron believed to have been aborted. Once she makes the decision to tell Aaron about their son, she fears he will take him away from her. He has another idea in mind, though. He wants to be a family.

I truly enjoyed this story. This was not your typical happily-ever-after read in which everything goes perfectly right. Jada and Aaron were in love with each other, but they also endured many obstacles such as stereotypes and racism. Jada also had trust issues with men because of the reputation of Ames women falling in love with unavailable men and being abandoned by them. For years, her grandmother had instilled this fear in her and, therefore, caused her not too fully trust men. I frowned upon this because Jada just could not enjoy a good thing.

I really liked her best friend, Shae, because she always encouraged Jada no matter what. I loved Aaron’s mom because she accepted Jada and her son. She didn’t look down on her or make her feel less than a woman. I truly despised Aaron’s father because he felt that money took care of everything and he thought Jada was a gold digger. He could not see that his actions were truly hurtful to not only Jada but also to his son.

Overall, I would definitely recommend this book to others because it was very moving and imparted powerful messages throughout.

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Xyla Turner’s Under Further Review book is live on Amazon!

  
Blurb:

Under Further Review is a contemporary, standalone, sports romance. 

Shane Sinclair, a professional football player who does not like, entertain or talk to reporters, even when he is mandated to appear for the press conferences. Shane has his reasons for his stance, which strengthens when a reporter blurts out that his father had passed, and he was not informed yet. The only reporter that gave their condolences was one of the lone female sports reporter, Diamond Reeves. Although, Shane kept his stance about the story-hungry reporters, Ms. Reeves wiggled her way through his defenses and Shane finds that he needs to maneuver past hers so that their odd friendship can go to the next level. Shane’s ex-fiancé does not take the break up easily and sets out to cause havoc for the new couple and herself. 

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La’Porsha Renae Inks ‘Motown’ Deal – JetMag.com

La’Porsha Renae, American Idol’s runner-up, just won big!

Source: La’Porsha Renae Inks ‘Motown’ Deal – JetMag.com

I am so ecstatic for her! She deserves this record deal. Although I didn’t follow that last season of American Idol closely, the times I did hear her sing…Man…I was blown away. She literally gave me chills. Just like Fantasia does. I’m not comparing La’Porsha to her, I’m just saying…they can blow!

Xyla Turner’s Upcoming Release “Under Further Review”

rw19Xyla Turner’s new novel, Under Further Review, will be making it’s debut on April 15, 2016. Take a look at what the book is about as well as the excerpt. Looks like a very interesting read to me!

Blurb:

Under Further Review is a contemporary, standalone, sports romance.
Shane Sinclair, a professional football player who does not like, entertain or talk to reporters, even when he is mandated to appear for the press conferences. Shane has his reasons for his stance, which strengthens when a reporter blurts out that his father had passed, and he was not informed yet. The only reporter that gave their condolences was one of the lone female sports reporter, Diamond Reeves. Although, Shane kept his stance about the story-hungry reporters, Ms. Reeves wiggled her way through his defenses and Shane finds that he needs to maneuver past hers so that their odd friendship can go to the next level. Shane’s ex-fiancé does not take the break up easily and sets out to cause havoc for the new couple and herself.

Excerpt:

The regular season had started and Shane was back to his normal routine. He looked good, felt good and was playing good all pre-season. The new running back, that was there to replace him, was able to get some play time as well, which did not hinder any of Shane’s statistics. He found that when he was rested up, he could exert more energy. The press room was buzzing and lately asking more “Shane” questions to Matthew. To the point when Matthew said to him, “I wish you would stop being Switzerland. Can you at least talk to them in Morse code?”

Shane erupted in laughter at Matt’s comments, but finally responded with, “Man, I just can’t do it. I thought about it long and hard, but I just can’t. They are like vultures.”

Matt looked at him and said, “I think you didn’t take heed to my warning early on and got burnt, yet never got over it.” He patted Shane on the chest and said, “Some things you got to let go.”

Matt and Shane did not really have the heart to heart conversations, but he respected the guy as a leader and veteran of the sport. He also understood what he meant, to the point where he actually thought about how to rectify his hate-hate relationship with the media.

After their first home game, Shane, Matt and Raymond, the new running back, were at the center table on stage. They all immediately started asking questions, so Matt, being the leader he was, calls on one reporter who had a question for Raymond. Shane spotted the lady reporter that rebuffed him at the bar, he bent over to Matt and said, “Call on the lady reporter in the red shirt.”

Matt looks at him and gives him a knowing smile. Shane shook his head and waved him off. When Raymond finished answering, Matt pointed to the lady and said, “You in the red.”

Her hand was raised, but not in a way that looked like she wanted to be called on. Shane briefly thought, maybe she was right about not being good at the job. When Matt called on her, she looked surprised and caught off guard. She quickly recovered and announced, “Hi, um. I’m Diamond Reeves from WUSA. My question is, what do you guys do for fun besides these awesome press conferences?”

People laughed and even Shane smiled at her wit. He made a note that he liked that. When the room died down, Raymond answered first with, “I sail. It relieves stress for me.”

Matt said, “I hang out with my wife and kids.”

Nobody seemed to think Shane would answer, so when he slid the mic from in front of Matthew, the whole room seemed to turn and face him. Cameras and extended microphones included. They never even gave him his own microphone anymore.

“In my spare time, I work with a few charities and work on my Spanish. But what’s your real question?” Shane asked her, as she stood with her mouth wide open along with the rest of the room.

He thought the question would be a general question for everyone, so he slid the microphone back in front of Matt.

Again, she recovered and said, “Well, Mr. Sinclair, since you asked. I know you and Austin Daniels from the Falcons are good friends, but after that move you put on him.” She shook her head. “You peeped the blitz and ran right past him. You, Matt, saw the opening, passed the ball to Shane for a touchdown, then y’all had the nerve to go for the two-point play and Raymond gets the touchdown. How the hell do you remain friends? I wouldn’t be your friend anymore. Showing me up like that.”

The entire room erupted in laughter at what Shane thought was her cuteness, keen expertise of the game or just her wittiness. Shane even laughed and moved the microphone back in front of him and answered. “That’s funny. Well, to answer your question. Despite this being called a game of football, it’s still a business. And these,” he gestured to his other teammates, “are my business partners, so even though we may not always align, agree and have to run each other over, at the end of the day. We know it’s our job to do so. That’s why we push each other on a daily basis. Austin is a longtime friend and he understands the job very well. So, while it’s a game to you guys, this is our business.”

Diamond smiled at Shane, then nodded her head in approval, agreement or just acknowledgment. Shane couldn’t tell, but he nodded back. No sooner than his head came back up, the other reporters started to fire more questions at Shane. To address all of their questions, he moved the microphone back in front of Matt.

He was done.

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Yours Truly by Tramaine Green

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